Minister Budi Arie: MWC 2024 Has the Potential to Become a Showcase for the National Telecommunications Ecosystem.

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024 presents approximately 2,400 exhibition participants and 1,100 speakers. It is estimated that 95,000 visitors from around the world will attend MWC 2024.

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024 event provides an opportunity for telecommunications industry players to witness the latest technological developments and share experiences in supporting global telecommunications connectivity.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Budi Arie Setiadi, stated that the exhibition, which usually involves around 2,400 participants and is attended by 1,100 speakers from various countries, has the potential to become a showcase for the national telecommunications ecosystem. Therefore, Minister Budi Arie targets Indonesia to participate by opening a special Indonesian booth at the annual Mobile World Congress 2025 trade show.

"We have discussed with several Directorate Generals. We hope that Indonesia can participate in next year's MWC event. We plan to have an Indonesian booth next year," he said during a visit to the MWC 2024 Exhibition at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday (27/02/2024), as quoted from the Kemkominfo press release.

The Minister of Communication and Information Technology assesses that the dynamic progress of technology showcased at MWC 2024 is of significant importance for Indonesian society, which is currently undergoing accelerated digital transformation. Therefore, Minister Budi Arie hopes that the people and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia will be able to contribute actively.

"We must interpret this technological advancement to make our society more productive, to turn this technological progress into progress for Indonesia," he said.

According to the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, the technological sophistication showcased at MWC 2024 indicates promising digital infrastructure investments that have great potential to be implemented in Indonesia.

"There are many interesting booths, including investments in digital infrastructure. A vast country like Indonesia requires adequate digital infrastructure to support the digitalization process in Indonesia," he explained after reviewing the exhibition booths of Huawei and Ookla.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology's plan to open a special booth at MWC 2025 is fully supported by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Spain, Muhammad Najib. According to him, the initiative has been discussed before but was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ambassador Muhammad Najib is optimistic that with the support of Minister Budi Arie, the plan can be resumed.

"Actually, we have planned this since previous years. I think after Covid-19, especially with the extraordinary support from the Minister, I am optimistic that next year we can participate," he explained.

The Indonesian Ambassador to Spain stated that opening the showcase would allow Indonesian business players to showcase domestic achievements more internationally.

"I think this is the role of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, but business players need to be involved because various applications or productions made in Indonesia need to be introduced. This is a very valuable opportunity; we can get partners from abroad to accelerate our IT development," he said.




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